Hudson’s Pentecostal Church – ‘The Sanctuary’ – Celebrates its 50th Year: ‘From the Cross to the Crown’

June 7, 2013
 

Now newly named, The Sanctuary United Pentecostal Church will be hosting a series of celebration events in honor of their 50th year. DOUG ROBINSON/PHOTOS

by Doug Robinson

By definition, “Sanctuary” is a noun, and possesses the meaning of “a sacred or holy place.”  Dictionary.com continues to define “sanctuary” as, “the holy of holies” and “an especially holy place in a temple or church.”

Hudson’s Pentecostal Church recently changed its name to The Sanctuary United Pentecostal Church, to reflect their continued mission within the faith.  Built upon a foundation, as described biblically in Matthew 7:24-27:  “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.  26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.  27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Today, The Sanctuary United Pentecostal Church continues to minister to those who live in the Hudson area and surrounding areas, affording them that biblical foundation as described by Matthew7:24-27 “We changed name from Pentecostal to The Sanctuary United Pentecostal Church because we felt the name had a more identification.  Our motto is from the ‘cross to the crown.’  We intend to be a sanctuary in a troubled world.”

The “vision of Hudson’s Pentecostal Church was the dream of my dad 50 years ago” commented current Sanctuary Pastor (and son of the original pastor) of 35 years David Howe.  “It began as a result of meeting in a local home during the early 1960s.  The church started as a bible study.  Dad selected this vacant lot, where the present church sits and, with the help from other Pentecostal churches, built the framework, up to the roof, in two weekends.  We then built the parsonage next door, added the parking lot and have continued to build upon that ‘rock”

Reverend Paul Howe, brother to Pastor Dave commented that “I remember carrying bucket after bucket of rocks to dump into the pit that was dug next to the foundation.  That was back in 1968.  We had no idea that we were doing God’s work, creating a building, built on faith, and built on the rock as defined in Matthew 7:24.  In addition to carrying the rocks, as that 12 year old, I also remember that our main job was to collect all the fallen nails.  We collected lots of nail buckets.”

“Dad was a church planter and active throughout New England.  This was his last church he pastured.  Dad wanted to make this church a hub and reach out to other towns throughout southern New Hampshire.  That was his vision” stated Pastor Dave

The Sanctuary United Pentecostal Church has not only nurtured and prospered that vision, The Sanctuary has carried, communicated, as well as provided communion to the Word throughout the United States and to the World.  “This church, in addition to being an influence within the Hudson community, has grown beyond our local borders to become involved with other areas of the United States and the world.  Many of our members have become pastors in other churches and then have grown to become involved with World Ministries” continued Pastor Dave.  “We have over 50 ministries worldwide,”

Operating on an annual, shoestring budget, with only two paid employees, The Sanctuary United Pentecostal Church continues to teach the Word of God with the help from many trained volunteers, who are, as Pastor Dave describes, “the heart of the church.”

“The heart of the church is the people.  People are the most important part of our congregation.  Our faith is not about our building.  Our faith is built upon that Word of God, which stands forever.  While some congregations may focus on their building, we focus on the heart of our parishioners.”

In a society where churches are considered mainline, “we are not a mega church.  We are a church that knows your name.  We are a church that knows your phone number.  We are a church that will always return your phone call, or e-mail, 7 x24.  In a society where churches are considered mainline, we are focused on you, our parishioner.  We continue to follow the faith of our father, who founded our church on the foundations of the Father.”

“Our success is someone else’s story.  We focus our foundation.  Like dad taught us of the importance to add crushed rock to support the poured foundation, we know how we can help change people’s lives, one at a time.  We help one on one, privately and confidentially.  Like Jesus did” said Pastor Dave.